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click to enlarge Anthony Conway and Christian Castro

Anthony Conway and Christian Castro

Scott Dray

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 20 2017
Price: $35, $25 students and seniors
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On his last full day in office, former president Barack Obama granted at least 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders. Whether that act is related to playwright Kia Corthron’s superb recounting of Tray (Anthony Conway), a young black teen who winds up with an extended prison sentence for pocketing a few joints, is beside the point. From Corthron’s perspective, Tray could very well be any one of those 330 cases (or for that matter, thousands of others), strangled by the criminal justice system and helpless in the aftermath. As becomes clear, it’s one thing to go to prison; it’s another kind of hell entirely to carry the label of a convicted felon. This roughly two-hour world premiere, directed by Aaron Todd Douglas, features outstanding performances by the entire cast; between the writing and the acting, it’s a must-see. —Matt de la Peña

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